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Getting that job in teaching

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by TheoGriff, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You must be wondering if it really is possible to get a job in teaching. Well, it is getting harder and harder.
    There are large numbers of unemployed teachers out there. Almost half of the 2010 NQTs are still not in induction, over a quarter of the 2009 cohort in the same boat, and they are being joined by teachers currently being made redundant as schools face budget crises and falling rolls in Secondary. And teachers from Scotland and Ireland are also trying to get jobs in England and Wales as the crisis hits their areas too.
    Are the tutors telling you this on your courses?
    There is a large drop in the number of jobs advertised this year. The first big job rush comes every year, the last 2 weeks of March. The TES is so heavy you can hardly pick it up.
    Did you see that this year? No, because it didn't happen. Up to a third fewer jobs available overall so far this year.
    The next big job rush is normally in May, but it depends on the people applying for the March jobs and handing in their notice. Which didn´t happen. So we had fewer than normal again in May.
    And the same for the June rush due to start tomorrow- will it happen? People will leave - will they be replaced?
    Recently a Primary school advertised 2 jobs. They received 500 applications. Five hundred. Many of them asking to be considered for both positions.
    <u>Fewer jobs, more applicants - you need to be really on the ball to succeed</u>.

    Get expert advice to help you. This is where TES careers comes in.

    <u>Stage 1: FREE advice</u>
    Go to the JobSeekers Forum and read the Welcome Thread. Browse the Forum, read what others say. Get expert advice from me, TheoGriff - I post several times a week to give you the real advice from someone who knows what schools are looking for. Many posters have found that this advice really works.
    read theo's advice and do the executive summary people, it really does work, seriously!!!!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    The benefit of an executive summary

    <u>Stage 2: Pay to come to one of our Job seminars</u>
    Held at the TES Headquarters in London, sorry, we don't do them elsewhere (unless you get a group of 25 of you together!). We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, and do practical exercises to help you see what you need to do.
    Here are some recent comments from people who have attended:
    • Frankly, the best delivered seminar I have ever attended.
    • This has been a very useful and well organised seminar with practical tips for improving the difficult task of selling yourself.
    • Excellent advice, very helpful for executive summaries
    • This has been terrific and has really met my needs.
    • This was particularly useful for writing a personal statement
    • The pace was perfect and unlike some CPD activities, the practical sessions were enjoyable and useful.
    • I fully enjoyed the seminar and it has taught me a great deal. Specifically I found the practical activities very useful
    • Fantastic presenters, very useful, highly recommended.
    • Fabulous, really helpful!
    • I followed what I learnt on the seminar and have just landed my dream job!
    • After attending your course I have just accepted my first teaching post.
    • Since attending the course I've applied for two positions, and am shortlisted for both.
    Next one is on Sunday 26 June. www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!
    This is an<u> investment for your career</u>.

    <u>Stage 2: get small-group interview training.</u>
    Next one is on Sunday 26 June - you could combine it with the workshop above.
    <u></u>For more information and to register please visit: www.tesweekendworkshop35.eventbrite.com

    <u>Stage 3: Pay to have a personal meeting with me, with Prof John Howson, or another member of the Careers Advice Team.</u>
    We help with career advice, with applications and executive summaries, and doing interview training. Here&acute;s a typical comment:
    Really very useful. Really effective practice of interview &ndash; I had 3 [mock] interviews within the hour and really felt the improvement at the end. Strategies and content definitely a 5\5. Thank you!

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book any of the meetings with me, John or another member of the team.
    Best wishes, TheoGriff
  2. Hi there,
    I hear you. But I am getting ready to start PGCE Secondary Maths in Sept 2011. Is there anything I could be doing to prepare myself for 2012 when I do intend to get my QTS and start work?
    Would coming to one of your seminars help, eventhough I am not looking for work right away?

    Thank you

  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Keep those questions coming on the JobSeekers Forum.
    Good luck!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!

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